|02-19-2013, 04:57 PM||#1|
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Comments Thread For: SHO's Espinoza on Mayweather Deal: The Gap is Closed!
In November of 2011, Stephen Espinoza was hired as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports and Event Programming. Espinoza replaced Ken Hershman, who accepted an offer from HBO to take over Ross Greenburg's old position as the President of HBO Sports.
During his tenure with the network, Espinoza has raised their ratings, for boxing, by a 15% margin. In 2012, he convinced several of HBO's biggest names to fight on Showtime - including Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan and several others.
On Tuesday, Showtime announced a deal that shook up the entire boxing industry from top to bottom. The network signed the biggest name in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr., to a long term multi-fight agreement. Mayweather, who broke pay-per-view records for HBO and generating monster ratings for their network for over a decade, will make his Showtime debut on May 4th against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. [Click Here To Read More]
|02-19-2013, 05:03 PM||#3|
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SHOWTIME did step their game up! However not just in boxing but the quality of their original programming as well.
|02-19-2013, 05:09 PM||#5|
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|02-19-2013, 05:39 PM||#6|
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I still think HBO programming >>> Showtime programming, but props to Espinoza for landing the Mayweather network sweepstakes.
|02-19-2013, 05:48 PM||#8|
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Showtime has been putting on better fights lately so I'm not surprised that their ratings are up.
HBO should take notice and do the same.
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